Lifers

NWT Lifers Program:

Once a tortoise has Metabolic Bone Disease and suffers significant internal and external damage from poor or incorrect care there is not much that can be done. The damage is permanent and cannot be reversed. The best outcome is to provide a safe, stress-free environment for the rest of their days. Thus, the Lifers live high-on-the-hog and will live out their days as happy as possible.

Your support will allow me to continue to give them the good life as long as possible.

Lewis (Sulcata):

Lewis arrived in March of 2018. Details are sketchy but the story goes his owner and him traveled America’s highways in a freight truck. Unfortunately, tortoises don’t want to travel the highways and his overall condition shows it. He has Metabolic Bone disease and enough internal and external damage to significantly shorten his life.

Help me provide spacious indoor and outdoor enclosures far away from the highways! Your sponsorship will provide a stress-free environment for the remainder of his days.

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Zig (Redfoot):

Zig and Zag arrived together. Both raised incorrectly and suffering from Metabolic Bone Disease. Both need all the support I can give them. Help me keep them happy and stress free for the remainder of their days.

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Zag (Redfoot):

Zig and Zag arrived together. Both raised incorrectly and suffering from Metabolic Bone Disease. Both need all the support I can give them. Help me keep them happy and stress free for the remainder of their days.

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Ducky A.K.A The Duckinator (Ornate Box Turtle):

Ducky arrived March 2015 from the dreaded social media posts that state “Don’t care if it lives or dies, need it gone.” Almost nothing is known other than he was neglected. Upon arrival he couldn’t open his eyes, had a respiratory infection, severely underweight and stained red from the colored sand he lived on. His beak was in such bad shape it continues to require constant trimming.

Help me provide spacious indoor and outdoor enclosures where he can hunt bugs, swim and enjoy life, as he should!

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SP (Sulcata):

SP is short for Saraphina. Saraphina was another Sulcata that got a bad deal in owners. Saraphina was a sweet girl that didn’t deserve her life cut short. SP is in the same boat. Her previous owner didn’t take care of her and her condition shows it. She has chronic respiratory problems and needs medicine constantly. She’s also has to be permanently quarantined.  She has Metabolic Bone disease and enough internal and external damage to significantly shorten her life.

Help me make her final days warm and comfortable.

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Atlas (Greek Ibera):

Atlas spent a winter outside exposed to the elements. It wrecked havoc on his body. His tendons and muscles suffered a lot of damage and he’s still recovering. He cannot support his weight for very long. He needs daily water therapy and extra care. He has a desire to live and thrive.

Help me continue to work on rebuilding his strength.

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FUBAR (Ornate Box Turtle):

FUBAR is proof of a turtle/tortoises resiliency.  Arriving in December 2011 he weighed 2.5 ounces and was 5 years old. His deformities were significant. Many bones were deformed or fused the wrong direction. His largest challenge was both eyelids were fused shut. Box turtles are visual eaters thus, creating a huge challenge of getting him to eat. I devised a system to essentially make him mad so he’d lash out and bite and I would put food into his mouth. The system worked and its morphed into putting the food in a corner and him in front, he’ll take care of the rest.

In 2011 he opened his eyes! Well…somewhat, the right is almost totally open and the left about a third open. His vision is not clear and he has trouble interpreting what he’s seeing.

FUBAR has never weighted more than 2.5 ounces but he’s a fighter and continues to enjoy life. Your support will help me continue to provide the best care and housing.

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Nubs (Box Turtle):

Nubs is more proof of turtle/tortoise resiliency.  Arriving in September 2020, Nubs has needs a lot of time and care. He suffered years of poor care resulting in Metabolic Bone Disease. Nubs is unable to use his legs properly and scoots along on his knees, his skin is paper thin and cuts and bleeds often, his beak needs constant trimming, treatment for shell rot and specialized diet and pens. Nubs also gets water therapy to help circulation.

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London (Eastern Box turtle):

London should never have come to me. He was plucked from the wild and put in a glass tank for 15 years before ending up with me. He hates people, which is totally understandable! He’s bitten me many times. What you can’t see in the photo is the poor development on the back-end. He deserves a fantastic life since he can’t be returned to the wild.

Help me give him that.

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